The Badgers trailed by just one point at halftime, but a the Crimson Tide opened the second half with a 16-7 run pulling out to a 49-39 lead. Alabama did not look back, getting a career-high 21 points from forward Chuck Davis, 15 of which came in the second half. Junior guard Earnest Shelton added 20, and sophomore forward Kennedy Winston 12 for the Tide.
Devin Harris led all scorers with 22 points, tallying 15 in the first half including three 3-point baskets. His lone second half triple ended a six-minute, 39-second stretch without a field goal, cutting Alabama's lead to 53-43 with about nine minutes remaining. The Tide, though, scored the game's next eight points to pull ahead 61-43.
The Crimson Tide never allowed Wisconsin to challenge in the second half, thoroughly dominating the Badgers inside. Davis had his way in the paint against Wisconsin, scoring 10 points during Alabama's 16-7 run to start the second frame. Winston, meanwhile, scored eight straight points in one second half stretch, including the first six points of the 8-0 run that sealed the game.
The Badgers played without forward Alando Tucker Tuesday, who re-injured his right foot in the Badgers' win over Ohio Saturday. He is considered day-to-day. Without Tucker, Wisconsin could not find an answer on the glass, as Alabama outrebounded the Badgers 34-24 led by Davis' 7 boards. Wisconsin had just eight rebounds the entire second half.
The Badgers also had a tougher than usual time reaching the foul line, attempting just 18 from the charity stripe, their second fewest attempts of the season.
Alabama shot 52 percent from the field Tuesday, while Wisconsin shot 38 percent for the game 35 percent in the second half.